DCPO directs police stations to monitor ‘bao-bao’

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THE Davao City Police Office urged Davao City station commanders to continue monitoring ongbak or bao-bao vehicles in their areas of responsibility (AOR) following the Calinan incident last May 17.

“Tanang mga police station i-verify ninyo ang inyong mga bao-bao sa inyohang area, including kato tanang mga namaligya or dealers (All police stations must monitor and verify bao-baos in their areas, including those who sell these type of vehicles),” DCPO spokesperson Catherine Dela Rey said in a radio interview in Davao City Disaster Radio, May 19.

Dela Rey said there is a need to monitor bao-bao or ongbak vehicles, as these are not only used for public transport but also for private use. The directive was given by DCPO chief Col. Alberto Lupaz to the police stations in the city.

She said based on the initial investigation, it was learned that the ongbak that an architect rode on prior to her killing has no plate number nor body number

“Wala siya [plate number and body number of the ongbak tricycle]... mao tong gimando sa atong [DCPO] city director na si Col. Alberto Lupaz na motabang sa pagpanubay sa mga bao-bao (The bao-bao has no plate number and body number of the ongbac tricycle... That's why our DCPO city director, Col. Alberto Lupaz, ordered to monitor these vehicles."),” Dela Rey said.

Meanwhile, as of press time, she said they have not determined persons of interest in the rape-slay of an architect in Davao City.

“So kailangan og tabang sa Calinan Police Station og sa ubang units sa Davao City Police Office para masulbad ang kaso (That’s why help is needed for Calinan Police Station and other police stations in Davao),” Dela Rey said.

Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Task Group Bragas (SITG Bragas) was being formed to speed up the investigation behind Arch. Vlanche Marie Bragas’ death.

Dela Rey said the members of SITG Bragas will be coming from different Davao City Police stations, Criminal Investigation And Detection Group (CIDG), Police Regional Office’s (PRO) Anti-Cybercrime Unit, PRO-Regional Intelligence Unit, PRO Regional Forensic Unit, and legal officers from DCPO.

PRO-Davao, SITG Bragas spokesperson, and lawyer PltCol. Eudisan Gultiano said they have yet to make an official statement as investigation is going further.

“We will issue (a) statement as soon as may bagong (we will have) updates. The SITG had just its first meeting kanina (just earlier),” Gultiano said in a text message, May 19 in the afternoon.

In a separate interview, DCPO chief Alberto Lupaz said that they have witnesses that can give information regarding the incident.

“Naa na tay nakuha na mga witnesses na gikan sa (We have identified witnesses which are near in the) crime of the scene,” Lupaz said, May 18 in a radio interview with DXDC RMN Davao. ICE


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